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Chocolate Crackle Cookies (Christmas treats)

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We’re going to enjoy a very hot Christmas festive season as usual in a few more days. Although I still haven’t got myself used to celebrate Christmas in summer, I’ve learned to create imagery pictures of snowing scenes in my mind by enjoying some cold desserts or something look like snow. What I like about these cookies is their snowy look with natural cracks produced by both of the magic of baking powder and icing sugar, giving me more of a Christmas feel. Best of all, the crunchy outside and the fluffy, soft inside make these cookies so enjoyable.

Chocolate Crackle Cookies (Printable recipe)
By Christine's Recipes
Prep time: 20 mins + chilling at least 3 hrs
Cook time: 20 mins
Yield: makes 12 to 14

  • 40 gm unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50 gm dark chocolate, melted
  • 25 ml milk
  • 100 gm cake flour
  • 3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
For coating:
  • 3 Tbsp icing sugar/confectioners’ sugar
Chocolate Crackle Cookies Procedures

  • Beat the butter, icing sugar and brown sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Stir in the melted chocolate and milk.
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into the chocolate mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight, until the dough becomes workable.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/356F. Place about 3 tablespoons of icing sugar in a small bowl. Line a baking tray with a baking paper or baking matt.
  • Spoon out the chocolate mixture and roll each into a small ball. Coat each ball in the icing sugar. Place well apart on the baking tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the surface turns crunchy and brown. Let them cool in a wire rack. Enjoy !
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  • When rolling the dough into small balls, the action has to be quick especially in warm weather. The chocolate mixture will melt in your hands otherwise.
  • If the chocolate balls start to melt, you might return them into the fridge and chill until they are workable again. Then roll in the icing sugar to coat before placing them into the oven.


  1. haha.....I've never thought of making chocolate crackle cookies for Christmas, but you're right- the white bits look like snow!! They look delicious too ;)

  2. For me also it is not Christmas without the cold and snow. The cookies look wintery.

  3. the easier way is to do it with a store brought cake mix, eggs, and oil.

  4. Return them to the fridge - why didn't I ever of that?!

  5. I agree I think a hot Christmas is a little weird :) but i guess it's an Aussie thing too hehe have a great Xmas!

  6. Hi Christine

    Thank you for another lovely recipe. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family

  7. hello christine wonder y tat my cookies turns out to be flat no doubt i did roll it into a ball??

  8. @Angela^^:
    The batter will spread wider while heating in the oven.
    It won't remain in a ball shape, but just like a biscuit.

  9. Hey Christine, I tried this recipe out but my cookies did not crack properly. They also did not spread out and retained the natural white icing pattern like yours. Any clue as to why? I made the dough the night before and stored it in the fridge overnight.

  10. @Anonymous:
    The baking powder acts as a leavening agent. It will react with other ingredients and release carbon dioxide gas, that causes the batter expands.
    Once the baking powder is mixed in, the batter can wait for about 15 to 20 minutes without losing its leavening power, but not as long as overnight.

  11. they look like the perfect festive treats. Happy Holidays!

  12. Great recipe and I love the look! Happy Holidays!

  13. lovely looking cookies!
    I hope you're having happy holidays! Best wishes for a fantastic New Year!

  14. These look beautiful! It doesn't have to be Christmas to make these, right? :) Happy New Year!

  15. My daughter is sitting with me and loves the look of these!

  16. lovely cookies! one of my favourite!

  17. the milk use is HL Milk or baking milk?

    1. I used fresh milk.
      It doesn't matter if you use HL Milk or baking milk.